Meet UNMC Distinguished Scientist Huangui (Hank) Xiong, M.D., Ph.D.

UNMC researcher Huangui (Hank) Xiong, M.D., Ph.D., answers questions about his work, life and interests.

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Huangui (Hank) Xiong, M.D., Ph.D.
NOTE: This profile is part of a series highlighting the 24 researchers who will be honored today at a ceremony for UNMC's 2010 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator award recipients.

  • Name: Huangui (Hank) Xiong, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Title: professor in pharmacology and experimental neuroscience; courtesy professor in pathology and microbiology
  • Joined UNMC: 1997
  • Hometown: Nanchang, Jiangxi, China

Describe your research in laymen's terms

My laboratory studies cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND).

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?

The outcome of my laboratory research will not only provide new insights into the mechanisms of HAND pathogenesis but also furnish important targets for the development of therapeutic strategies.

Name someone at UNMC who provides vital contributions to your success and briefly describe how they help you.

A number of people in and outside department provide support and help to my success one way or the other. Among them are Drs. Howard Gendelman, Samuel Cohen, Howard Fox and Jianuo Liu. Dr. Gendelman recruited me from University of Toronto in 1997 and has ever since provided me with his encouragement, support and help in addition to his visions in science. Dr. Cohen supported my research when I was a faculty member at the department of pathology and microbiology. Dr. Fox provides me with his support and advice in science. Dr. Liu, my wife and an assistant professor at the department of pharmacology and experimental neuroscience, not only supports, encourages and helps me on a daily basis, but also provides me with her talented suggestions, knowledge and expertise in immunology, which contribute significantly to my research success.

List three things few people know about you.

  • I was a surgeon in plastic and reconstructive surgery.
  • I like long-distance swimming.
  • I am a mirror writer.


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